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The Struggle for Equality in Women’s Soccer

A One-Day Symposium
April 6th, 2018
12:00 PM

In the photo above taken on June 3, 2011, members of the Iranian women's national soccer team withdraw from their qualifying match against Jordan for the 2012 London Olympic Games. The Iranian team withdrew in the second round of qualifiers in protest of the FIFA dress code guidelines that prohibit the wearing of head scarves on the pitch. PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/Ali Jarekji


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Friday, April 6, 2018
12 pm - 3 pm

Forum for Scholars and Publics
Duke's West Campus Quad
011 Old Chem
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Join us for The Struggle for Equality in Women’s Soccer, a one-day symposium to be held on April 6, 2018, at the Forum for Scholars and Publics. A light lunch will be served.

Panel 1: US Women’s Soccer and the Struggle for Equality, 1970-2000
12 pm - 1:15 pm


Jeffrey Gerson, University of Massachussetts Lowell

Dan Levy, Senior Vice President of Wasserman's Action Sports and Olympics Division

Carla Overbeck, Former Captain of U.S. National Team and Assistant Coach of Duke University Women’s Soccer

Anson Dorrance, Head Coach of the North Carolina Tar Heel Women’s Soccer Team


LUNCH 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm


Panel 2: Global Struggles for Equality
1:45 pm - 3 pm


Shireen Ahmed, Writer and Blogger

Gwendolyn Oxenham, Writer, Filmmaker, and Former Professional Soccer Player

Jean Williams, University of Wolverhampton/JJHeritage Consultancy

Grant Wahl, Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated

Co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and the Duke Human Rights Center @ the Franklin Humanities Institute as part of the RightsWatch program.

Shireen Ahmed

Shireen Ahmed is a writer, public speaker and sports activist focusing on Muslim women in Sports. She is an athlete, advocate, community organizer, and works with Youth of Colour on empowerment projects and is an avid sports coach and mentor. She is ...

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Anson Dorrance

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Anson Dorrance has been the head coach of the North Carolina Tar Heel women’s soccer team since 1979. Following an award-winning playing career with the Tar Heels, Dorrance took over as the head coach of the Tar Heel men’s team in 1977. His men’...

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Jeffrey N. Gerson

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Jeffrey N. Gerson is associate professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He teaches several sports-related courses, including Introduction to Politics and Sports, Politics of College Sports, and Business of Sports. His most recent areas of research include women’s ice ...

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Dan Levy

Dan Levy joined Wasserman in 2006 and currently serves as Senior Vice President of the Action Sports and Olympics Division, where he is responsible for marketing, promoting, and managing the careers of elite athletes and broadcasters, such as soccer icons Mia Hamm, Alex Morgan, and ...

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Carla Overbeck

Duke University

Carla Overbeck is a retired American soccer player and longtime member and captain of the United States women's national soccer team. She is currently an assistant coach of Duke University's women's soccer team, where she has been ...

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Gwendolyn Oxenham

Gwendolyn Oxenham is the author of Under the Lights and in the Dark: Untold Stories of Women's Soccer and Finding the Game: Three Years, Twenty-Five Countries and the Search for Pickup Soccer (St Martin's Press). She ...

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Grant Wahl

Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated

Grant Wahl began writing for Sports Illustrated in November 1996 as a reporter and was promoted to his current position of senior writer in October 2000. Wahl has covered seven World Cups (four men's, three women's) and four Olympics for SI. Some of his most ...

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Jean Williams

University of Wolverhampton/JJHeritage Consultancy

Jean Williams is the leading global scholar of women's football. She is Professor of Sport and Athena Swan Academic Lead at the University of Wolverhampton and consults with museums, arts and heritage organizations, including Silverstone motor ...

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